Women's History

Age Groups


Available For


Contact form submissions will be sent directly to the author. For tracking purposes only, The Friends will also receive a copy.

Virginia Wright-Peterson

Virginia Wright-Peterson specializes in revealing untold narratives, especially the hidden stories of women. Her most recent book, A Woman’s War, Too reveals the roles taken by women from Minnesota during WWII, when they served in all branches of the military, and in industry, the home, and the community. Their heroism has not been adequately recognized. Her first book, Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation, retells the origination story of the famous clinic, including 40 women who were instrumental in the medical center’s founding and success. Both books are finalists for the Minnesota Book Award. Wright-Peterson is currently writing the biography of the city of Rochester, MN, including stories that have not been widely told before.

Recent & Notable Works



Rochester: An Urban Biography (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2022)

A Woman’s War, Too: Women at Work During WWII (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2020)

Women of Mayo Clinic: The Founding Generation (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2016)

Center for the Book COLOR LOGO